Completed Scotland: Artists and Subjects, British 19th C, except portraits 9 Does anyone recognise the mountains in the background of 'Signs of Herring'?

Signs of Herring
Topic: Subject or sitter

This atmospheric painting is on display in our summer exhibition, 'Making Waves: Art Inspired by the Sea'.

http://www.harrismuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/643-making-waves-art-inspired-by-the-sea

We know Hunter painted on the west coast of Scotland but it would be great if we could identify the location. Does anyone recognise the mountains in the background?

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This discussion is now closed. The painting is thought to depict herring fishing off the Isle of Skye. A description has been added to the painting record, noting this.

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8 comments

Martin Hopkinson,

The most likely location perhaps is the Isle of Skye

Elizabeth Wilson,

Hunter painted the Clyde as a subject a lot. The location could be worked out using OS 3D electronic Maps. I would start to look around inlets in the areas of Kyles of Bute, Dunoon or the Gareloch near Helensburgh (where he lived a while). The hill / mountain tops are viewed in an easterly direction deduced as this is a morning mist with a cool dawn, facing east. The hills tops are typical Argyll on inlets off the Clyde estuary possibly.

Martin Hopkinson,

For another Colin Hunter , this time with a definite Isle of Skye title, see his 1895 'Good-night to Skye' in Glasgow Museums Research Centre